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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
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Sep 17, 2011

it was amazing
Read from September 17 to 18, 2011

This was such a gem to read. I treasured every word. The writing on the page seemed magical. This book totally enveloped me. I loved the premise of the book and the characters but the best part was the author's writing. Such beautifully, descriptive prose that seemed to capture the essence of magic and its effect on you. .

The most interesting thing about this book was that the magic was real and it was being disguised as illusions. I was expecting the opposite which is typical of most books like this. This was done for the sake of the audience who supposedly wouldn't be able to handle it if they knew the magic was real. I never thought of it that way, but I agree that it would be hard to accept.

Two magicians have had an ongoing rivalry for centuries involving pitting their proteges up against each other til only one of them is left standing. One of them is the daughter of the magician, Celia and the other is an orphan Marco. Each is capable of magic in their own way and when the times comes, Marco becomes his master's right hand man of the circus he creates and Celia becomes one of its illusionists while ironically ensuring the reality of the circus.

They do have a subdued love for each other that is built up more and more as the book progresses. They are both unsure what to do about it since they are rivals in this game they were thrown into. But you sympathize for them and feel their love growing stronger in the mean time. It is easy to get lost in their imaginative world they create when they are together because of such beautiful writing by the author.

There are plenty of colorful supporting characters that play a large role in the future of the circus. There are the twins, Poppet and Widget, Tsukiko the contortionist, and Bailey who is a normal person who became connected to the circus while fulfilling a dare. They are all very likeable characters and distinctly unique, each with a fascinating story.

The author clearly explained the ending and reasons for it which I am not used to. I am used to the ending of these kinds of books leaving you wondering what really happened and what was real or not. I am glad I know for sure what happened with all of the characters and the circus and how and why it happened. It did not take away from the magic of the book. It made it more real and acceptable compared to being just an illusion in our own minds. Which makes me wonder if illusions are better than real magic since they are more mysterious. Very ironic indeed.
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Jason I will read this next...

Megs ♥ Jo Anne, your first paragraph sums this up perfectly! :-)

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